Deputy Sheriff Thomas Orville Monse, Jr.

Deputy Sheriff Thomas Orville Monse, Jr.

Atascosa County Sheriff's Department, Texas

End of Watch Tuesday, October 12, 1999

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Thomas Orville Monse, Jr.

Deputy Sheriff Thomas Monse and two other officers were shot and killed when they were ambushed at a 911 hang-up call.

Deputy Stephenson and Deputy Thomas Monse were the first officers on scene when they were shot with a semi-automatic rifle by the subject, who was waiting in an ambush. Both deputies were still in their patrol car. After shooting the officers, the subject took one of their handguns and hid in a ditch across a dirt road from the mobile home.

As Trooper Terry Miller pulled up he spotted the two slain deputies and radioed for backup but was shot and killed before he had a chance to take off his seat belt. Other officers who arrived on scene exchanged fire with the subject. Two more officers and the subject were shot and wounded before the subject committed suicide with the stolen handgun.

An accomplice to the subject who bailed him out of jail and helped him purchase ammunition in order to ambush the officers was sentenced to death in March 2001. The conviction was overturned on appeal and he was sentenced to 30 years in prison under a plea agreement.

Deputy Monse had served with the Atascosa County Sheriff's Office for two years. He was survived by his wife, daughter, three sons, mother, father, step-father, brother, and 29 cousins.


  • Age 31
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge 636

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; Semi-automatic
  • Offender Committed suicide

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Dear Daddy,
I am sorry i have not written to you, don't think you are not in my mind at all times. Lately, i have been so much in thought that i have had some trouble putting pen to paper. 19 years has passed, your grandchildren are growing and so is your kids. Justin has 4 kids now with his wife and has a great job and lives a good life. Daylon is going in the right direction and i have high hopes for him. David just got married and had a baby boy this past year. They named him after you his name is Thomas Orville Monse 111, he is a handful and looks just like David and you. I am happy with my 4 daughters, still in Christine. I miss you so much ... been missing you ... i love you

Lauri Renee Monse
Daughter of Deputy Thomas Monse Jr.

November 7, 2018

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